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Team Blogging Just Got Easier

Email Post Changes plugin - email view. Image via WordPress.com

Multi User Blogs Get Edition Notices with Plugin

Do you have a collaborative or team blog?

WordPress‘ new plugin, Email Post Changes, helps multi-user bloggers notifying them of post editions.

Email Post Changes enables email notification when a user on a multi-user or team blog has edited your post, and give you a side by side comparison of the post versions.

A great tool for collaborative content creation.

Learn more about the plugin here. Or download it for your WordPress blog.

Just Pressed: WordPress 3.0 “Thelonious” hits the shelves

WordPress goes 3.0

New features abound in the newly released WordPress 3.0 named “Thelonius.”

Read more here.

Download your copy here.

Journalism 2.0: WordPress now powers The Independent

The Independent

WordPress, the blog publishing platform now powers The Independent, the UKs.

The Independent switched all its blogs on blogs.independent.co.uk from LiveJournal to WordPress. The switch now empowers the news journal offer a more customization to journalist and readers, and to “raise standards” improving the standard of comments by introducing the Disqus system.

Read about it on WordPress Blog.

Read The Independent Editor’s Blog post on it here and article here.

Learn about Disqus blog commenting system here.

Journalism in the information age

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What is journalism in the information age?

An unpublicized, prototype smart phone is meticulously detailed
in a blog post unbeknownst to its creators.

The whole Apple vs. Gizmodo blogger Jason Chen is unfortunately helping to define a soft spot in the information age: what activities establish and define a blogger as or from a journalist?

Are Bloggers Journalists?

From the headlines, it is clear that legal statutes and opinion are unclear and un-unified on the subject.

In Defense of Journalist Bloggers
http://trueslant.com/kylebrady/2010/04/29/in-defense-of-journalist-bloggers/

“…as Old Media continues to collapse, those very same institutions and individuals that once panned the digital world are now scrambling to embrace it…”

“If this case goes to court, as it appears to be doing, the appropriate legal definition of journalism should be expanded to include individuals that work for online news organizations and those that participate in legitimate journalistic activities on a regular basis, with blogger status becoming finally irrelevant.”

Are Bloggers Journalists and Should They Get to Use Shield Laws?
http://www.blogher.com/are-bloggers-journalists-and-should-they-get-use-shield-laws

“Yet bloggers often act as journalists — journalists outside the mainstream media — and this ruling could muzzle ordinary citizens from using their voice to point out the foibles of companies without protection from lawsuits. At the same time, this ruling could also protect citizens and companies from having slanderous statements made about them on the Internet. It’s a ruling that cuts both ways.”

“At the heart of the case is the question of whether bloggers are journalists — and if so, should they be held to the same standards as well as receive the same protections.

Journalistics points out that the self-perception of bloggers as journalists has risen.

PRWeek and PRNewswire recently teamed up on a study that found 52% of bloggers consider themselves journalists. The last time they did this study, roughly a third of bloggers felt this way. Why do more bloggers consider themselves journalists these days?”

Reporters’ Privilege
http://www.eff.org/issues/bloggers/legal/journalists/privilege

“What makes a journalist a journalist is whether she is gathering news for dissemination to the public, not the method or medium she uses to publish. So the better way to frame the debate is: Can journalists blog?”

“As the California Supreme Court acknowledged, “The press’ function as a vital source of information is weakened whenever the ability of journalists to gather news is impaired. Compelling a reporter to disclose the identity of a source may significantly interfere with this news gathering ability; journalists frequently depend on informants to gather news, and confidentiality is often essential to establishing a relationship with an informant.” (Mitchell v. Superior Court)”

Are bloggers journalists? Do they deserve press protections?
http://www.csmonitor.com/2005/0202/p03s02-usju.html

“Unlike traditional news outlets, however, many blogs have no editors, no publishers and, often, a staff of only one. And while some are supported by advertisers and contributions, many bloggers make no money at all.”

“Ultimately, the issue comes down to whether bloggers act like traditional journalists, says University of Iowa law professor and First Amendment specialist Randall Bezanson. Simply expressing opinions to a tiny audience doesn’t count, he says.”

Md. shield law now includes protection for college student journalists
http://www.splc.org/newsflash.asp?id=2081&year=

The bill’s language extends protections to those “employed by the news media in any news gathering or news disseminating capacity,” or to anyone “enrolled as a student in an institution of postsecondary education and engaged in any news gathering or news disseminating capacity recognized by the institution as a scholastic activity or in conjunction with an activity sponsored funded, managed or supervised by school staff or faculty.”

The “news media” covered by the bill currently includes “newspapers, magazines, journals, press associations, news agencies, wire services, radio, television and any printed, photographic, mechanical, or electronic means of disseminating news and information to the public.”

Government Online
http://pewinternet.org/Reports/2010/Government-Online.aspx

“[S]ocial media and just-in-time applications have changed the way Americans get information about current events or health information”

– Aaron Smith, a Research Specialist at the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project and author of a report based on a new national phone survey.

Giz Your Own Adventure: Bloggers, Journalists, and Case Law
http://www.fastcompany.com/1628695/giz-your-own-adventure

“Yes, bloggers count as journalists. See the precedent of O’Grady v. Superior Court, a 2006 case in which bloggers were sued by Apple for revealing a confidential new product. The court ruled that bloggers do indeed qualify for protections offered all other journalists, both in California and federally.”

Times  Reporter Called to Grand Jury for C.I.A. Book
http://www.observer.com/2010/media/times-reporter-called-grand-jury-cia-book

“He [Times reporter and subpoenaed  author, James Risen] intends to honor his commitment of confidentiality to his source or sources,” Mr. Kurtzberg [Risen’s lawyer] said. “We intend to fight this subpoena.”

Troubling Precedent: NJ Court Says Bloggers Are Not Journalists
http://bigjournalism.com/jlakely/2010/04/29/troubling-precedent-nj-court-says-bloggers-are-not-journalists/

Sign of the Times

The Apple Gizmodo incident is one of many of today’s issues that demand we discuss and reconsider what use to be the most common assumptions:

What is news? What is a journalist?

Who makes news? Who reports news? What is a news source?

Are bloggers journalists?

Are bloggers and online content creators protected with the same rights and by the same laws that protect journalists in our offline world?

Visualization 2.0

It was more than 3 years ago – a light year in internet time – that I saw Michael Wesch‘s mind breaking video The Machine is Us/ing Us.

In summary, due to the internet’s malleable nature that genuinely promotes creativity, remix, and innovation, we will need to rethink: copyright, authorship, identity, ethics, governance, privacy, commerce, love, family, ourselves.

Apple Gizmodo only seems to have expedited our need to truly grapple with this question now.

Are you a Blogger Journalist or Citizen Journalist?

Learn about Reporter’s Priviledge in your State here.
Learn about the protections journalist have in Shield Laws here.
Learn more about Retraction statutes here.

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    Online Fundraising with Kickstarter: One woman’s campaign

    What happens when you combine initiative
    with your personal network?

    @MediaChick scores a business trip to Denmark
    with KickStarter.com

    The Woman

    Michelle Anderson (aka @MediaChick)
    Author / Blogger
    http://twitter.com/MediaChick
    via Oregonlive.com

    The Goal

    Destination Denmark.
    @MediaChick started a campaign amongst friends, family and her Twitter network to raise $5,000. The funds were to fund her multimedia gathering trip in Denmark for her upcoming digital love story. Read about her “Fund the Future of Storytelling and The Miracle in July” here.

    The Campaign Nudge

    MediaChick KickStarter 2

    The Press

    Oregon news story
    MediaChick Kickstarter Campaign News Article on TwitPic

    via TwitPic

    The Campaign Video

    See the campaign Video.

    The Support

    MediaChick gets support

    The Finish

    MediaChick Fully Funded Campaign

    KickStarter: The Microfunding Service


    Watch what Kickstarter microfunding campaigns can do:

    Online Microfunding Sites

    www.Kickstarter.com Artistic endeavors
    www.kiva.org Non-governmental and citizen initiated projects
    www.donorschoose.org Funds teachers classroom proposals

    Who Benefits from MicroFundraising?

    Microfunding is a many-to-one campaign initiative that is greatly enhanced via the internet.
    Self-promotion microfundraising, combined with social networks, the potential for virality via networks effects presents a powerful strategy to produce change and dollars that fund small projects.
    Michelle’s story is one of word of mouth and warm relationships, personal appeals and a good story told.
    Know an artist, student, teacher, community group or village in need of innovative funding?
    Who can you share this with?

    Vodpod videos no longer available.

    more about “Thank you from “My Best Day”“, posted with vodpod

    Just added the Social Vibe widget to Support #Haiti Victims

    Just added the Social Vibe widget to our blog.

    Social Cause Widget

    Check out Social Vibes website here.

    Pew Study: Adult social networking up, Teen blogging down.

    Adult social networking is up.
    Teen blogging is down.

    A recent Pew Research Center study on the “Social Media & Mobile Internet Use Among Teens and Young Adults ” presents many positive trends amongst the apparent downturn in teen and youth blogging.

    • Internet use is near ubiquitous
      74% of all adults ages 18 and older go online.
      93% of teens ages 12-17
      93% of young adults ages 18-29
    • Adult blogging remains steady
      One-in-ten (1/10) of online adults maintains a blog or journal.
      While teen blogging is down 28% and commenting down 24% since 2006.
    • Both teen and adult use of social networking sites increased significantly:
      47% of online adults use social networking sites, up 10% from Nov. ’08
      72% of online users age 18-29 use social networking sites
      40% of online users age 30+ use social networking sites
    • Facebook is the most commonly used social network among adults.

      Adult usage on social networking sites:
      73% have a profile on Facebook
      48% have a profile on MySpace
      14% have a profile on LinkedIn.
    • Teens are not using Twitter in large numbers.

    Read the full report here.


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